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I really enjoyed Bakemonogatari, so I read Zaregoto Book 1 which is by the same author (NisiOisin) and available in English. The thing I liked the most in both series are the funny dialogs that are much better than in most anime shows. Because of that I really looked forward to Katanagatari and when I saw the first pictures I welcomed the decision to make the character design very similar to take’s original illustrations of the light novel because it looks very different to the normal anime designs.

After watching the first two episodes I decided that I have to own the series on Japanese Blu-ray because it seems not to be a title that will be licensed soon and I really enjoyed it. The dialogs are funny as expected but also the story did some things differently than other „historical“ anime shows about „sword fights“. The fights itself were nicely animated but are really not the most important part of the series because it’s much more dialog- and character-driven. The story about finding specific swords and battling its owners is certainly not the most creative one but the way it is told is often very surprising. It’s not a show for everyone but for people who liked Bakemonogatari for its dialogs I can really recommend it.

The series consists of 12 ~50 minutes long episodes that will be released one episode per disc.

Packaging

The packaging reminds a little bit of Aniplex release of Bakemonogatari but this is probably mostly regarded to the bonus CD ^^;. The slipcase was a little bit compressed at its spine but it still looks fine in the shelf. I really like the illustrations on the front and back and also the design of the inner case suits the series.

Supplements

There’s an inlay, two cards (for some kind of games with dices, there are also some instructions) and some promotional stuff. Similar to the Bakemonogatari releases the full ending song is on the a bonus CD („Tasogare no Getsuka“ by Yousei Teikoku). The second track is a conversation between the voice actors Mai Nakahara, Yoshimasa Hosoya and Yukari Tamura (24:46). The 3rd and 4th track seems to be a side story written / radio drama for the this CD by NisiOisin (9:07 and 23:34).

Disc Contents

Region Code: I can confirm it’s at least AB (CD-Japan says it’s region free)

Disc type: BD25

Video Codec: AVC

Audio Codec: PCM

No subtitles

BD Info:

Codec                   Bitrate             Description

—–                   ——-             ———–

MPEG-4 AVC Video        37997 kbps          1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1

AUDIO:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description

—–                           ——–        ——-         ———–

LPCM Audio                      Japanese        2304 kbps       2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

The only extra is the creditless ending. The menu is quite small and it only allows to select chapters and the creditless ending. There’s a nice background animation with scenes and music from the series for the menu screen.

Picture Quality

The character design doesn’t have lots of details but I think it looks great nevertheless in 1080p. I didn’t encounter any problems despite the typical slight steps in blends but this are not very apparent. The backgrounds sometimes show some beautiful details and everything looks really hand-drawn.

Audio Quality

It’s a normal PCM stereo mix and I didn’t hear any problems.

Screenshots

I used DGAVCIndex to create the screenshots.

Conclusion

The disc itself doesn’t provide many extras but the bonus CD and the fine picture quality makes the purchase of a limited edition worthwhile for me as a fan of NisiOisin’s work.